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4,627 In Lifestyle/ Travel

Travel BEAUTY Essentials

While my normal makeup routine isn’t very extensive (I truly don’t have the time or patience, but man I wish I did) it still requires too much “stuff” to lug around. So for short trips especially, I have consolidated my beauty routine into 6 simple items that are perfect for an everyday look and easy to carry around!

No.1 Playsticks by Benefit Cosmetics 

I’ve recently discovered this foundation, and let me tell you, it is a dream. It provides the right amount of coverage and is applied like a stick/clay but transforms into a powdery finish. Honestly perfect for traveling, I apply it with my fingers or a wet makeup sponge. Oh and it smells like tea tree oil which is definitely a plus!

No.2  Amazonian 12hr Clay Blush in Natural Beauty by Tarte Cosmetics

I really love a lot of Tarte products, and while I’ve tried various “travel” blushes like tints or cremes, I can’t seem to part from this blush. This color is my favorite and provides the perfect pink glow that lasts all day.

No.3 They’re Real Push-Up Liner by Benefit Cosmetics

This liner helps me achieve the perfect cat eye and truly lasts. Unlike other liners that I’ve tried, it is pretty water resistant and doesn’t smudge. Also it has a pretty interesting applicator and is more of a creme/gel, definitely not a felt tip.

Available in a travel mini!

No.4 Chinese New Year Couture Pallete by Yves Saint Laurent

I love to splurge on Yves Saint Laurent goodies, it’s my weakness. But regardless this palette really offers a great set of colors that can take you from day to night. I’ve even used some colors as liners! (I really can’t resist a black, bold wing tip though!)

No.5 Roller Lash by Benefit Cosmetics

I am a huge fan of mascara. Honestly if I could only choose one type of eye makeup, that would be it. And since I am such a huge fan, I have quite a few favorites; however, I recently tried this one and it is great. Roller Lash really does give my lashes a lot of lift with no clumps whatsoever.

Available in a travel mini!

No.6 Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer is 100% my go-to lip product for travel. Traveling takes a lot out of you, and I often find that I don’t stay as hydrated as I should and in turn my lips get chapped. This product is a life saver because it soothes my chapped lips while adding tint and shine! I own it in various colors because it really is the best.


9,686 In Travel

What’s Good, Jersey Shore?

My trip home for spring break was amazing. I got to see so much of my beautiful family and spend time in some of my favorite hometown hangouts. And while Phoenix is beautiful this time of year, (like 80 degrees, sunshine and pool time kinda beautiful) there is one thing I always miss: the shore.

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I was fortunate to have a beautiful 80 degree day at home (in March? that’s unheard of… probably something crazy going on with the environment but I’m going to let that go and just be glad it happened). Luckily my wonderful momma was free from work and up for a drive. My soul longed for the salty air and sand between my toes, so off we went to the cute little beach community of Ocean Grove.

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We went for a beautiful walk down the shore to Asbury Park, which was a little chillier than expected. So glad I listened to my mom and brought a sweater. (How do moms always manage to know everything? I will never fully understand.) Also there are some incredible art installations down there worth checking out. Tons of locals were stopping by to snap some pretty creative shots!

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I’d say my day was pretty successful. I was craving that magical feeling of being by the ocean and definitely got my fix. I’ll be counting down the days until my summer trips down the shore to soak up all the good ocean vibes. Until next time, my beautiful Jersey Shore.

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3,228 In Lifestyle/ Travel

Surprise! I’m Home!

I am so happy to be home this week for spring break! I’ve had a great semester so far but nothing makes me happier than being home. Of course I had to stop by some of my favorite local places for a bite to eat and the best mocha around.

I stopped for daddy daughter brunch at Jack’s Cafe, just a bout the cutest little spot. Their menu is fantastic, featuring awesome stuffed french toast and classic Jersey favorites like the Taylor Ham, egg and cheese sandwich.

My Monday was spent at my favorite local coffee shop. American Bulldog boasts a cozy environment with a fireplace, perfect for catching up on some creative work or reading a good book. Of course their coffee is fantastic, like I said, seriously the best mocha around.

If you ever find yourself in Bergen County, you need to stop at these two places. You won’t regret it, promise.

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Fave local spots:

Jack’s Cafe in Westwood, NJ

American Bulldog Coffee Roasters in Ridgewood, NJ